16 seasons was enough for Bevo

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's official. Bevo XIII, the University of Texas
steer mascot, is being put out to pasture to make way for a new

Pregame and halftime ceremonies at Saturday night's football
home-opener against North Texas will usher in a new Bevo, a
2-year-old checking in at about 1,300 pounds.

Officials with the Silver Spurs spirit club that manages the
mascot have been considering retiring the 20-year-old Bevo XIII
since before last season's Holiday Bowl.

After 16 seasons on the sidelines, they decided he'd had enough.

"He's given us so much," said Colby Muecke, student president
of the Silver Spurs. "He's going to live out his days chewing
grass and walking the pasture."

Bevo XIII is the longest tenured Bevo. With a 124-67-2 record
during his tenure, he has seen more Longhorns victories than any
other Bevo.

Muecke said Bevo XIV was donated by the same rancher who owns
Bevo XIII. The new mascot stands about 5½ feet at the hind legs.
His horn span currently measures 56 inches, a mere whisker compared
to Bevo XIII's span of 5 feet, 7 inches from tip to tip.

According to the Silver Spurs, the Longhorn "represents
courage, fighting ability, nerve, lust of combat, efficiency in
deadly encounters and the holy spirit of 'Never Say Die." The
first Bevo was dragged onto the field at the Texas-Texas A&M game
in 1916.

Bevo XIII has seen the best and worst of Texas.

He stood behind the end zone through the final three years of
coach David McWilliams' struggles, the tumultuous era of John
Mackovic and the program's resurrection under Mack Brown.

He watched Texas win three Southwest Conference titles and its
only Big 12 title, in 1996. A year later, he bore the shame when
UCLA beat the 'Horns 66-3 at Royal Memorial Stadium.

In the 1999 Big 12 title game in San Antonio, Bevo left a
lasting memory for many Longhorns fans. After Texas lost to
Nebraska 22-6, Bevo's handlers were walking him out of the stadium
when nature called. With perfect timing, he left his mark squarely
on the Cornhuskers' logo.

"A crowning achievement," said Ricky Brennes, a board member
of the Silver Spurs alumni group.

To honor Bevo XIII's service, the Silver Spurs have set up an
endowment to benefit the future care of the mascot, the
university's Neighborhood Longhorns Program and student